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business does have gross receipts both inside of san francisco, attributed to san francisco as well as not. so, one of the things we're doing is we're doing a lot of outreach to educate folks how the law has been written and how they can start to work to be able to fulfill -- fill out the forms and comply with the tax and probably work with our tax preparer to help do that. >> great. and what is your department learning in that process? >> in terms of? >> in terms of the outreach? >> with the actual -- what are you finding? are you finding that it's complicated for businesses to understand or it's going pretty smoothly? how is that -- >> sure, it runs again -- let me actually go on to this slide that starts to talk about the outreach we've been doing. we've actually created a unique website called sfbiz tax.org,
that actually gives businesses all the information that we've been able to put together so they can start to learn about how they compile their gross receipts. you'll see on this chart that we've actually partnered with oewd to do a number of outreach efforts to let folks know that this tax is coming, that they have to start paying the quarterly payments on it, and that they need to prepare their information for the filing that will come due at the end of the tax year in january and february of next year. our only feedback is certainly across the board. there are plenty of folks who are, are challenged by the complexity of the tax, but we're working with a lot of tax professionals who are working very closely with us in terms of giving us feedback on the law itself. the tax preparers, i honestly believe, understand the law, recognize its complexity and are working hard to be able to help the businesses in this city. but we're going to have tens of thousands of businesses that
will be filing this gross receipts tax return so it's a big challenge and we're working very hard with those preparers and others to get the word out. >> thanks for your inquiry. i really wanted to use this time to know about our s.f.biz tax.org website so businesses could have the opportunity to go on there and learn ~ there's a number of different documents, presentations and there's a lot of outreach we're doing in the community. we're doing meetings, public meetings, meetings with different groups of businesses. we have a presence on the web and in social media and we're trying to make sure people know how they can get information on the gross receipts tax, the new gross receipts tax. i also want to mention if anybody has questions they can't find answers to on our website or anywhere else, they can call 311, the city's customer caroline and we'll work to get them answers if we can. with that i'll conclude my
talk. ~ care line. >> thank you, mr. cisneros. now we have a budget analyst report. mr. rose? >> yes, mr. chairman and members of the committee. on page 23 of our report, our recommended reductions to the proposed budget total 302,973 dollars in 14-15. all of that amount are ongoing savings. these reductions would still allow an increase of 4 million 6 23,245 dollars or 13.2% in the department's fiscal year 14-15 budget. we also recommend closing our prior year unexpended general fund encumbrances which would allow [speaker not understood]. together those recommendations will result in $392,9 23 saving to the city's general fund in 14-15 ~. i recommend reduction to the proposed budget total 341 18 in 14, 15 all that of are ongoing
saving. these reduction would decrease the department's 15-16 budget by 2 million 578,6 14 or 6.4%. we're still working with the department and will report back to the committee next week. >> thank you, mr. cisneros. the next department is economic development and workforce development. oewd. and we have todd ruffo. thank you, mr. ruffo. whenever you're ready, mr. ruffo, go ahead.
>> thank you, supervisors, chair farrell, members of the committee. thanks to the mayor's budget office as well as harvey rose's office for this year's budget. i'll provide a brief overview of our budget and discuss the current year outcome and our new initiative related to the year ahead. our fiscal 14-15 budget is 36.1 million dollars. that's down from a 13-14 budget of 39.2, a decrease of about 3.1 million dollars. decrease hees principally resulted in removal of one-time sources. in our 13-14 budget. total fte, we have 6ftes in this year's budget to bring total count to 92.5. in terms of highlights for the current year, as you all know, our unemployment rate today stands at 4.4%. this is down from 9.5% in 2011. that said, 21,000 residents remain unemployed and that remains a focus, [speaker not understood]. that's why we continue to implement "er manufacturing factor initiative which is
focused on key manufacturing sectors, spreading the growthedthv we've [speaker not understood]. food and beverage as well as other sectors within apparel and other sector. this year we've also worked closely with supervisor wiener's office to launch administrative focus on nightlife and entertainment sector, [speaker not understood]. in small businesses our small business served 125 small businesses out of city hall. that's complemented by the fact we have two job squads throughout the city providing direct business assistance to more than 5400 businesses so far this year. over the past year our office has been working closely with the office of small business as well as the department of technology to deploy and implement the online business portal first phase of the online business portal which is scheduled to be launched later this fall. in addition as the treasurer just mentioned oewd is work, closely with dtx to do business outreach around the change to
the gross receipts tax in addition to the website and outreach to business groups and mailings to businesses. in film we continue to see a surge in film in san francisco increasing the number of permits issued and increasing the number of permits obviously and the number of shoot days in san francisco. [speaker not understood] oewd continues to work on development projects such as roadblock and [speaker not understood] program. oewd is working with sister departments in ocd and planning and dbi to implement the mayor's 7-point housing plan. in workforce we continue to implement our sector aloe ms. unction c, health care, technology, as well as our access points across the city. our workforce program we served more than 4,000 residents and placed more than 1500 in jobs. we continue to implement the mayor's invested mayor's initiative to support [speaker not understood] across the city. that includes our mini gram program which provided $850,000 in grants to [speaker not understood] in 23 different neighborhoods. that includes the japantown
task force [speaker not understood] geary as well as the bayview opera house's [speaker not understood] event. this year we launched our a-d-a perm which provides des ~ desperately needed assistance to help them understand a-d-a issues. in 13-14 we completed [speaker not understood] projects for small businesses. with the support of supervisor mar we've launched healthy s.f. -- healthy retail s.f. which encourages small businesses in areas under served by healthy food to help most small businesses carry and stock and provide fresh produce in those neighborhoods. the tenderloin, bayview and the omi. we launched a small business program [speaker not understood] for 20 small businesses and six neighborhoods across the city. it is a key nowctiontion us for us in the upcoming year. i'll talk about that more in a moment. access to capital and land use issue for small businesses. that's why we continue to do loans through our through loan programs that includes 139
loans totaling $4 million through our loan program. s.f. shines provides facade and ten amount improve projects. we've done 13 so far this year. and finally, the community benefit districts, there's 13 cbds in san francisco. [speaker not understood]. that's going to be another topic for initiatives. in terms of business attraction and retention, we are in the process of -- we have funding in our budget to launch a nonprofit initiative to focus on many of the recommendations of the workforce -- working group nonprofit displacement. this was a recommendation of our working group. the sector manager would build the initiative and be the central point of contact for nonprofit organizations in need of assistance, helping them navigate city government, technical solutions, [speaker not understood] to keep ask grow important nonprofit sector
in san francisco. our budget also includes funding to development a bilocal initiative which is focused on connecting local manufacturers, local companies and events for local manufacturers and services. in terms of development our budget includes an fte to track and monitor development agreements or project like park merced and cpfc to ensure developers follow through on commitments to the city. [speaker not understood] real estate projects in the neighborhoods. we work closely with the voters in the community, board of supervisors, and other stakeholder to identify projects that are important in the neighborhoods and the staffer would lead the effort in the city in an inter agency way to make sure those projects move forward and advance. we also have an fte to support the implementation of the 7 point housing plan and [speaker not understood] 2020. we additionally have funding in our budget through dt work order for the next phase of the online business portal. as i mentioned, the first phase
of the business portal which was launched this fall is capturing the world as it is today. as we all know that's not good enough. we need to take the next step and begin the hard work of streamlining the process and making it easier for business, small businesses to navigate the process. [speaker not understood] to streamline the process and begin the process of mapping, what it takes to go through that process. and then begin the hard work of submitting some of those firm online to integrate into the business portal. our budget also includes the film rebate program and fte focused on the workforce alignment committee which was approved earlier this year. i'm going to close with just sort of a summation of the initiatives related to invested neighborhoods program. we will expand our popular a-d-a program city-wide and funding to help 750 small business get into a-d-a compliance. our budget includes s.f. shine funding to support capital improvements that participants in the a-d-a program as well as
our business strengthening program identify. our budget also includes continued funding for the healthy retail s.f. program. we will continue to [speaker not understood] and add two new stores in that program as well. our budget includes funding to bring wi-fi [speaker not understood] collaboration with the department of technology. as you know, strengthening and supporting [speaker not understood] is a critical part of what our invested neighborhood strategy is all about. oewd's budget includes $1 million for community and cultural facilities fund to make targeted capital investments with the goal of improving facilities, supporting revenue creation and driving the long-term economic sustainability of these important neighborhood institutions. this would be a collaboration between oewd, ocd as well as the arts commission. finally with community benefit districts our budget also includes one fte to support and meet the demand for cbd formation in the city.
and as a point that supervisor avalos made last year, we remain very, very focused on continually refining the invested neighborhood strategy to be customized to the needs of the neighborhood and to be driven by the needs of the community and the stakeholders there. and we are constantly in iterative to make sure we're refining the programs for our purpose. i do want to say as i close we are in agreement with the budget analyst recommendation and that we'd like to particularly thank katy short, our budget analyst and i'd like to thank [speaker not understood] for his work on this budget. thank you. >> thank you, [speaker not understood]. colleagues, any questions, comments? okay, mr. rose, can we go to your report, please? >> yes, mr. chairman, and members of the committee. on page 29 of our report i recommended reduction to the proposed budget total $234,6 49. in 2014-2015 ongoing saving. [speaker not understood] 240,7 34 in 15-16, all of which are ongoing saving ~.
and as i understand it, the department concurs with our recommended reductions. >> thank you very much, colleague, any questions for mr. rose or mr. ruffo? okay, thanks so much. see you next week. >> chair farrell, i wanted to thank supervisor mar for especially the invested neighborhood programs and honing it down for each of the different unique neighborhoods you serve. i wanted to thank holley long, [speaker not understood] jordan kline and the great staff you have as well. thank you so much for the healthy retail s.f. program. it really helped so many small businesses transform into healthier businesses and especially in lower income neighborhoods. and we've seen a tremendous demand. we really appreciate that program as well, so, thank you. >> thank you, supervisor. >> okay, thanks, mr. ruffo. up next we have our department of public works. [speaker not understood], thank you for being here and for sticking around.
>> good morning, and thank you for having us present our budget. i'd like to first of all start by thanking the mayor's budget office, [speaker not understood], controller's office, and also harvey rose. for working with us to have a budget to present. we have a few slides. first slide talks about our mission, vision, and goals. and something new, core values for our organization. respect, integrity and responsiveness. [speaker not understood] of our budget, to align [speaker not understood] with our department three-year strategic goals and objectives, to restore services to street cleaning and landscape maintenance [speaker not understood], and to provide
san francisco residents with opportunities [speaker not understood] to programs that we had just started. and finally, deliver outstanding capital projects to clients and to the residents and visitors of san francisco. first slide is our budget overview. you can see the 2013-2014 budget approval and we have the 14, 15, 16. the 14-15 budget is a $23.2 million [speaker not understood] than the previously approved amount, funding new initiatives and supporting capital projects and renewal programs. are there any major changes in the budget, is $19 million salary and benefits for positions that are supported by
capital projects and the [speaker not understood] programs and work orders. $2 million for two new initiatives. one, a landscape maintenance and arborist apprentice program. and the other enhanced cleaning services. there's also a $72 million increase in training. 72,000, sorry, increase in training budget to [speaker not understood] and support ongoing professional development for effective delivery. and 1.6 million for new and replacement equipment. we also added here new 3,100 dollar development construction fee for the preservation of [speaker not understood] which is outdated and we're having to
go and renew that. on our capital project there is quite a bit of increase. as you can see from both charts, both 14 and 15, and those increases for a couple of new projects, 3 million, of that is for vision zero projects, another 2.7 million for our two bridge projects, both islis creek and first street bridge. and then the main chunk of it is to sustain our street resurfacing projects. >> can you just repeat, what was the amount for the vision zero support within the capital budget? >> so, in the -- $3 million is the amount to support the vision zero projects and we are
working closely with mta similar to the way the projects were initiated, we're working with them to work out implementation plan. >> thank you. >> okay. major capital projects and programs our agency is involved in, we're actively managing the isa bob both in 2010 , and the one that passed in 2014. ~ bond and we're actively managing the 2011 road and repaving street safety bond. in terms of major projects, working with the general hospital which is coming along really well. the veterans memorial building, moscone expansion center which is in its design phase and we're starting to wrap up design and beginning to talk about construction. and then, of course, the better
market street improvements that several agencies have been working under the lead of dpw. in right-of-way street resurfacing is an area that we've been working on quite a bit, vision zero, a-d-a transition plan for [speaker not understood] and sidewalks. many of our street structures and plazas. planning for future bonds, we very much involved with mta on the 2014 transportation bundle that will be going before the voters. some of the challenges and opportunities that the agency is working to overcome, there are many construction projects all over the city and while
these projects are going on, we definitely are working closely to ensure that contractors and utility companies are following the city's rules. we are committed to improving through investment efforts and ensuring that while these projects are happening, that the path of travel for pedestrians is safe and that the sites are clean and well maintained. [speaker not understood] projects, many of these projects, communicating with the public, our office receives a huge number of calls and as a result of those calls you can see the ratio of one public information officer to about 30 projects regardless of the size. and we're having to respond to the public on the 24/7 basis and trying to make sure that that many of the communities around these projects really
under that the scope of the project isn't exactly when a project is starting, when it's finishing and having information available to them. we've had to go out there quite a number of times to several sites to make the neighbors happy. other challenges, in this one particular area in our agency -- >> supervisor mar. >> chair farrell, i wanted to ask mr. nuru i know within the mta, director reiskin and the capital project director [speaker not understood] recently within our mta have mentioned they are making major efforts to try to improve their sensitivity to communities and community engagement before projects move forward or to have more buy-in and input before hand. and even having more of a culture change within their large department, i'm just wondering if as you talk about challenges and opportunities, are you trying to make any
major changes to reach out more to communities before projects move forward so that people aren't opposing them after you start to hit the ground with the shovels and that there's more of a built-in input before hand and just more of a culture shift in your department. i'm just curious. >> very good question. we have actually -- are working within the organization and putting together, if you would call it, a checklist of when you are going to do a project in a certain neighborhood, certain thing that must happen. one of them is obviously know the community around you and make sure that the community understands the scope of the project. and then working with members of the community in terms of what they would like to see through a design charet or process to actually begin to get the ideas. and then through several different meetings, first,
second, maybe third meeting, reaching some type of consensus of a project that the project that will be built. and then making sure everyone understands why those decisions were made. in many cases we never had the full resources where people want more than we have the resources for, but making sure that we communicate that. and then during the process itself, engineers that are working on the projects are being able to update the community what stage the project is in, and making sure it's on time. >> i just wanted to thank you personally for intervening in a couple of challenging projects in the richmond district, mobile streetscape and recent outer balboa area. i know you and your staff had to intervene, but i just think having more of a front-end community process could have helped prevent some potential
conflicts that arose, but i appreciated the flexibility that you and your staff showed in making sure the neighborhood was respected as those projects moved forward, but thank you. >> thank you. >> supervisor avalos? >> [speaker not understood]. >> we're almost there. other challenges, we've seen a huge increase in request of [speaker not understood]. this shows you month by month where the increase is. we're happy at least one of the alley crews has been funded so we'll be able to meet that request. and on the site that is two charts, one showing the amount of tonnage of what we're picking up in many of our alleys, and then the other chart on the top [speaker not understood] showing the number of needles that the agency is picking up to make sure that our alleys are safe for many of which have been become residential areas for people
who live in them. so, also in terms of when -- as we build, many of the new projects especially many of the streetscapes, the challenge with the increase in the amount of greenery that the department is being asked to look after, the city has about 7 to 9 acres of landscaped areas that are public right-of-ways or streets that never got built or vacant lots or medians or just areas. and as we do more pedestrian friendly projects and do more improvements to many of our neighborhoods, the number of acreage is actually increasing. so, we're very grateful of the recommendation for us to get some positions to help maintain many of the city's landscapes.
finally, an area our department has been working hard on is working closely with the unions to create apprentice programs for many of our residents. we have a very great labor apprentice program. we he started our cement apprentice program with this year's funding. we'll start another apprentice program. now we'd like to build on with some of the other unions, carpenters, electiontritions, painters and others. ~ electiontritions we'll continue to provide those opportunities as we [speaker not understood] challenges that we face. in terms of harvey's report, i think we're pretty much almost there. i think we we're just discussing one position and that position is a communications position ~. and we desperately need it because of meeting many of the
needs of the community on request as it relates to many of these construction projects. otherwise i believe we're settled. >> got it, okay. supervisor avalos, do you want to comment now or wait till mr. rose's report? >> i'd like to comment now, please. thanks for your work and your presentation, mr. nuru. really appreciate the relationships you built in district 11 and [speaker not understood] across the city. so, thank you. my question is around street resurfacing and it's with the dpw, i don't see a slide here about that, but i know we had funded our street work over the past couple budget cycleses through the bond, but i'm trying to figure out when the bond is going to end. is there going to be a gap between when the bond funds are done and when the next -- refunding we're trying to get from the vlf kicks in?
>> work to a line with the mta and others to increase bicycle and pedestrian projects kind of as the repaving is going on so really the good communication between departments and i am appreciative of the $3 million of the capital budget going towards vision zero priorities as well, and i guess i just wanted to acknowledge the work that you're doing to coordinate better so that the repaving is coordinated with street safety as well but thank you. >> okay. mr. rose can we go to your report? >> yes mr. chairman and members of the committee. mr. mayor man should i comment on item five? >> yeah, why don't we do both together. thanks. >> on item five which is page 15 of our report we -- our recommendation is that we consider proposal of the fee